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Tooth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth; but it’s not for everyone. Discuss it with your Dentist before you take action.

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Dental Teeth Whitening

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening.

Thinking about teeth whitening? Get the facts first. Here are five of the most commonly asked questions about the process.

Why Did My Teeth Change Color?

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use
Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Age
Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

Trauma
If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.

Medications
Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Does Whitening Work on All Teeth?

No, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.

What Are My Whitening Options?

Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile:

Whitening Toothpastes
All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Look for the ADA Seal for safe whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents to provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

In-Office Bleaching
This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth.

At-Home Bleaching
Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist would use in the office. If you are thinking about using an over-the-counter bleaching kit, discuss options with your dentist and look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That means it has been tested to be safe and effective for teeth whitening. Get a list of all ADA-Accepted at-home bleaching products.

Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again.

Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist.

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Wisdom teeth extraction is a common oral surgery procedure performed to remove one or more of the third molars located at the back of the mouth. During the procedure, you will receive local anesthesia, and in some cases, sedation to ensure comfort. After the extraction, it is normal to experience swelling and discomfort for a few days. Following post-operative care instructions, such as keeping the extraction site clean and avoiding certain foods, will promote healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth, enhancing their appearance. They are ideal for correcting issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, and minor misalignments. Veneers provide a natural-looking and durable solution that can significantly improve the aesthetics of your smile. The procedure typically involves two visits: one for tooth preparation and impression-taking, and the second for bonding the veneers to your teeth.

Professional teeth whitening at Marose Dental offers several advantages over over-the-counter products. Our in-office whitening treatments provide faster and more effective results, often lightening teeth by several shades in just one session. Additionally, our custom take-home kits are tailored to your specific needs, ensuring even and consistent whitening. Professional supervision also minimizes the risk of sensitivity and gum irritation, ensuring a safer and more comfortable experience.

A root canal is necessary when the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or injury. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and sealing them with a filling material. Root canals help save the natural tooth and prevent the need for extraction. Most patients report that the procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting a regular filling.

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. At Marose Dental, our periodontal services include deep cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing, as well as surgical interventions for advanced gum disease. Regular periodontal check-ups and treatments can help prevent the progression of gum disease, reduce inflammation, and preserve the health of your gums and teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential for preventing and managing gum disease.

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